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Surgical Weight Loss Procedures

Is Weight Loss Surgery for You?

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At Saint Mary’s Hospital, the majority of surgical weight loss procedures are done using a technique called laparoscopic surgery, which requires just a few small incisions, leaving minimal scars. Some patients may also be candidates for robotic-assisted surgical procedures, which are also minimally invasive and require just a few small incisions. Using smaller incisions also means less pain, fewer complications, and a shorter hospital stay.

Our skilled surgeons offer three weight loss surgery options, based on your individual needs:

  • Gastric Bypass (Roux-en-Y)
    Considered the “gold standard” of surgical weight-loss procedures, this surgery works by making your stomach smaller and altering your digestion, so you lose weight in two ways: by eating less food and absorbing less food. The surgeon creates a small pouch by dividing the upper part of the stomach from the rest of the stomach. Next, a section of the small intestine is attached to the new pouch to allow food to bypass parts of your stomach and intestines. The procedure creates a connection from the new, smaller stomach to the lower segment of your small intestine, so food bypasses parts of your digestive tract. At Saint Mary’s our patients typically lose 50-70% of their excess weight. So, for example, if you are 100 pounds overweight, you would lose 50-70 pounds. Like other weight-loss procedures, gastric bypass requires you to commit to making lifestyle changes. Learn more about gastric bypass surgery in our online health library.
  • Adjustable Gastric Banding
    This surgery uses a LapBand to make your stomach smaller. This smaller stomach makes you feel fuller, sooner, so you eat less food and lose weight. Once inserted, the LapBand can be adjusted to meet your individual needs and its also completely reversible. You can find more information on gastric banding here.
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy
    This surgery reduces your stomach to about 15% of its original size. After surgery, the remaining part of your stomach is shaped like a banana or “sleeve.” Your smaller stomach allows you to feel full after eating less food. Although this procedure is not reversible, patients who do not achieve optimal weight loss can have a gastric bypass at a later date. This procedure is also available as a robotic-assisted surgery. For more information, please review gastric sleeve surgery in our online libary.

Our caring surgeons will help you determine which procedure is right for you.

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A Bariatric Center of Excellence

Saint Mary’s Hospital has achieved Comprehensive Center accreditation from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

This designation places Saint Mary’s among an “elite group” of accredited centers in the U.S. Our facility is listed on the ACS website and is one of just nine accredited programs in Connecticut.

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